This from Sam Smith at Progressive Review
. If you don't get Sam's undernews wire you should. I do not always agree with Mr. Smith, but, he is an honest player who has been writing since 1964.
"I think Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country."--John Edwards, CNN Late Edition, Feb. 24, 2002
DEMOCRATS SUPPRESS THEIR ANTI-WAR MINORITY
STEVE DINAN, WASHINGTON TIMES - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign headed off a showdown in the party platform yesterday over Iraq, convincing rival Dennis J. Kucinich's supporters not to demand withdrawal of U.S. troops or the establishment of a Department of Peace. Saying party unity is more important than particulars, delegates agreed to forgo amendments on Iraq, a broader call for same-sex unions and a stronger endorsement of Palestinians' rights.
Bye Bye Miss American Pie! IMHO both Kerry and Edwards should stand down and let a true Democratic ticket win this November. It was obvious to all that Kerry was the annointed one back in 2002 when he ran virtually unoppossed for re election. In 96 he had a heated close battle with then Governor Weld. The campaign highlighted Kerry's career of shady backroom deals and bribe taking.
Kerry then took a bribe from AIG's Hank Greenberg a Bush Pioneer to seed his Presidential bid. He then jumped in bed with Rand Beers a career spook whose Plan Colombia is responsible for the deaths of thousands and is generally considered a horrible disaster.
The GOP picked this ticket for us and now we are stuck with these unamerican warmongers who would sacrifice the lives of children for a few votes.
Main Street USA lost 6 trillion dollars to Wall Street. That is to say regular old people who invested in the markets to plan for their futures and build their dreams lost a total of 6 trillion to the likes of Ken Lay, George Bush, Terry McAuliffe and John Kerry Heinz. So what's the difference between 2004 and 1929? How come we are not seeing rich people jump out of Wall Street office buildings except when our own government
blows them up with airplanes and explosives?
Oil that is ... I feel like Joan Rivers, Can we talk?
Sunday January 26, 2003
Facing its most chronic shortage in oil stocks for 27 years, the US has this month turned to an unlikely source of help - Iraq.
Weeks before a prospective invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with a debilitating strike in Venezuela.
After the loss of 1.5 million barrels per day of Venezuelan production in December the oil price rocketed, and the scarcity of reserves threatened to do permanent damage to the US oil refinery and transport infrastructure. To keep the pipelines flowing, President Bush stopped adding to the 700m barrel strategic reserve.
But ultimately oil giants such as Chevron, Exxon, BP and Shell saved the day by doubling imports from Iraq from 0.5m barrels in November to over 1m barrels per day to solve the problem. Essentially, US importers diverted 0.5m barrels of Iraqi oil per day heading for Europe and Asia to save the American oil infrastructure.
The trade, though bizarre given current Pentagon plans to launch around 300 cruise missiles a day on Iraq, is legal under the terms of UN's oil for food programme.
Just days ago I reported :
now my suspicions have been confirmed, or at least substantiated by someone who is not just a googler and a blogger. A high night flyer, a rainbow rider, and a straight shootin' son of a gun!
William S. Lind writes from a conservative think tank, The Free Congress Foundation:
Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist. He used to work for NBC. Daniel's work includes his book "Barry and the Boys'":
This journalistic tour de force presents the story of Barry Seals career in intelligence and drug and gun running - from its inception as a teenager working along side Lee Oswalld in the New Orleans CAP under David Ferrie, to its conclusion, "in a hail of bullets, with George Bushs private phone number in his wallet."
It is rare these days for a single work to offer more than a few minor details of new information to add to our overall understanding of cold war crimes of State. It is even more rare to find a book in this category that satisfies both the intellects need for new information and the hearts desire for human interest and style. Hopsickers work - the result of two and a half years of full-time field investigation, living out of suitcases and pushing the limits of his own personal safety in his quest for "the story" - delivers all of this by the planeload.
From The Australian. Stop the phony war on terror! Failure to call out the big lie, the war on terror, now threatens to plunge the world deeper into the very war promised on the PNAC website. The one Cheney says will not end in our lifetimes. ... Saudi Arabia could be next. Here is the cover story revealed from down under. How long will it be till we act based on the "evidence" below?
Osama bin Laden - also the No 1 target of the CIA's counter-terrorism center - is now a superstar playing the bad guy in some sort of planetary Hollywood fiction. Yet inside Afghanistan today, where the Saudi Arabian lives in exile, Osama is a minor character. He is ill and always in hiding - usually "somewhere near Kabul". Once in a while he travels incognito to Peshawar. His organization, the Al Qa'Ida, is split, and in tatters. The Taliban owe him a lot for his past deeds towards the movement and in putting them in power in Afghanistan - contributing with a stack of his own personal fortune of millions of dollars. But no longer an asset, he has become a liability.
until proven guilty in a court of law
. Are we to play cop and judge, jury and executioner too?
Can you live with yourself if you allow that to be the Democracy and freedom we export to the HIPC's (highly indebted poorer countries?)
bin Laden was cut off from the world, and, our govenment knew it. Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist:
Remember this in the run up to the illegal invasion and occupation?
While still wrangling over how to overthrow Iraq's Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration is already looking for other targets. President Bush has called for the ouster of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. Now some in the administration--and allies at D.C. think tanks--are eyeing Iran and even Saudi Arabia. As one senior British official put it: "Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran."
So the news is out.
A report prepared by the top CIA official handling the matter says Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the massacre, and indicates that it was the work of Iranians. Further, the Scott inquiry on the role of the British government has gathered evidence that following the massacre the United States in fact armed Saddam Hussein to counter the Iranians chemicals for chemicals.
Few believe that a CIA man would attend a court hearing in Baghdad in defence of Saddam. But in this case the CIA boss has gone public with his evidence, and this evidence has been in the public domain for more than a year.
The CIA officer Stephen C. Pelletiere was the agency's senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war. As professor at the Army War College from 1988 to 2000, he says he was privy to much of the classified material that flowed through Washington having to do with the Persian Gulf.
In addition, he says he headed a 1991 Army investigation into how the Iraqis would fight a war against the United States, and the classified version of the report went into great detail on the Halabja affair.
Pelletiere went public with his information on no less a platform than The New York Times in an article on January 31 last year titled 'A War Crime or an Act of War?' The article which challenged the case for war quoted U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) as saying: "The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages, leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind or disfigured."
Add this to the stack of BS the USofA used to launch genocide against innocent Iraqis. Hmmm ... and who armed the Iranians to the tune of 60 billion during Iran-Contra?
Get out the Yellow tape: The White House is a crime scene.
Bush has selected Porter Goss to replace Tenet. I have heard a couple of theories of why Pavitt and Tenet resigned, both have the ring of truth, or at least plausibility and both highlight issues that are valid. One, that the Plame affair blew deep cover legit spy stuff that tracked WMD, and the CIA is taking down Bush for his plan to reorganize the intelligence community, but, more importantly the way covert operations are approved, thus bringing the shadow government and its huge budget and unlimited power to make covert war directly under the president's control.
The second has to do with the GOP holding the shady story of John Deutch over Tenet's head. This story is quoted and linked below so read it. Interesting analysis. There's enough there to fry Tenet too on false WMD claims.
Either way its a circular firing squad. A boon to researchers.
The political battle will go like this: Left = intelligence failures due to Bush stupidity, more money and power for the CIA, Right = Tenet and Clinton set Bush up to fail, because they were more interested in helping Deutch, the Chinese and beating the Monica rap.